Yosemite Hike

Apr 30th, 2016, 11:52 PM
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Yosemite Hike

Hi I want to take my husband to Yosemite for a day hike.
I am too scared to do Half Dome so what is the next best option.
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May 1st, 2016, 04:36 AM
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Are you saying you will not be staying in Yosemite--just going for a day? That narrows your choices down considerably.

BTW, Half Dome isn't a day hike for most people anyway, it would be a long long day.
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May 1st, 2016, 06:33 AM
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When? Time of year makes a huge difference.
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May 1st, 2016, 06:36 AM
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Oh - if this is for between Thanksgiving and early Dec from your other thread, you may be limited to the Valley/Valley floor.
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May 1st, 2016, 02:10 PM
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Hi Thanks for your responses.
We are hiking Yosemite this August and will be driving up there from Merced only 1 hour away.So I was hoping we could get a reasonable hike in if we left early in the morning and it doesn't matter what time we get back as long as we are done with hike by late afternoon.
We are quite fit as we hike a lot here in NZ.
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May 1st, 2016, 03:49 PM
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Merced is more than an hour away from the Valley on a good day. Try to get lodging in El Portal if you can't get any in the Valley.
Here is a list of the day hikes. https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/valleyhikes.htm
If you don't want to drive your rental car into the Yosemite Valley, you can ride the YARTS bus into and out of the Valley.
There are free Park Service buses to get around inside the park.
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May 1st, 2016, 07:33 PM
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>>will be driving up there from Merced only 1 hour away<<

Not in this world -- assuming you mean Yosemite Valley. It is more than two full hours from Merced. And you don't necessarily want to be driving back that road after dark.

You are staying w/ friends/family in Merced - right?
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May 1st, 2016, 09:05 PM
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Ok Thanks for your help I see we need to allow much longer to go there and back. We are staying with family/friends in Merced if we had more time I would love to stay closer. Thanks for the list of day hikes.
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May 3rd, 2016, 12:48 AM
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My favorite day hike is to start in the valley, hike up 4 mi trail to glacier point then down the panorama trail.
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May 3rd, 2016, 10:15 AM
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That link doesn't include Glacier Point hikes.

My favorite is Sentinel Dome
https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/glacierhikes.htm

In the Valley my favorite is Vernal Fall
https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvis...evadatrail.htm

These require at least a moderate degree of fitness and being comfortable with uneven and steep terrain.
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May 6th, 2016, 10:15 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for your ideas. I think we will do the 4 mile trail glacier and panorama trail it sounds fabulous. We are fairly fit as we tramp (hike) a lot in New Zealand.

Thanks again K
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May 7th, 2016, 01:11 PM
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I would suggest the Panorama Trail and back down the Mist Trail. This would require a shuttle one way.
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